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Common Dehumidifier Problems

People in places that get a lot of humidity, especially in the warmer months, are in need of a dehumidifier to keep excessive moisture out of the air. However, like all equipment in your house, it can be prone to certain functional problems, prompting a visit from your friendly HVAC contractor. Here are some of the most common dehumidifier problems to watch out for:

No Power

Is your dehumidifier not turning on? Disconnect its main power plug from the socket and plug something else in. If it also doesn’t turn on, you might have a problem with your electrical system. Otherwise, the equipment’s safety device might have been pulled, which could happen should the reservoir fill up completely. Read more of this post

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When Your Furnace Refuses to Start Below Zero

Many furnace owners say their furnaces refuse to start under really cold weather. This is attributed to the lack of heat the combustion process needs to fire up the furnace. The topic has been the focus of several discussions on online forums, in addition to piquing the interest of HVAC contractors and experts.

If this is the case, then you shouldn’t be looking at the furnace. The problem can be fixed if you check the fresh air intake instead, which is often mounted on the sidewall. It appears that the air coming into the furnace is just too cold to initiate combustion. Some owners manage to resolve the issue by placing their hand over the intake.

However, contractors can’t help but ask whether or not this is an abnormal issue. Furnaces, in general, seldom work with the amount of heat loss in the house. If the amount of heat loss isn’t equal or less than the heat load the furnace is designed to take, the furnace may switch on and off consistently and frequently.

Whether or not the hand-over-intake trick really works, a furnace that refuses to start in subzero weather can, at least, be attributed to heat loss. Without sufficient heat inside the house, the furnace can’t commence the combustion process. This is why furnace installation and insulation come hand in hand.

How to Calibrate Your Digital Thermostat

The thermostat is the “genie” that does your will when you’re operating your house’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. It is even better when the system is governed by a digital thermostat, which may or may not be part of a bigger home utility network interface. However, even the digital thermostat can be a bit off in determining the proper temperature settings, and you do not want the utility bill to rise because of bad readings.

Your contractor can teach you about how to take a more active stance in the care of your HVAC system, starting with recalibrating the thermostat.

Unscrew the thermostat’s main housing and look for either a mercury switch, or calibration screw. The mercury switch is a glass vial filled with mercury while the calibration screw is in the middle of a metal assembly. Adjusting both requires different methods.

For a calibration screw, twist it counterclockwise until you see the metal contacts, then you set the system to room temperature. A mercury switch will need adjusting so that its heating element sticks to a metal contact, then close the housing. However, be gentle in doing so to prevent breaking the vial and spilling the toxic liquid on your body.

Digital thermostats are the modern way to control the HVAC system. Learning how to properly calibrate it helps keep the furnace operating at maximum efficiency.

Have a HVAC Contractor Change Your Thermostat to Digital

If you’ve lived in the same house for decades, chances are the place has been set up with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that has gradually become less efficient as time went on. You’d have clues about the house’s age if the system has an analog thermostat, with either a slider or rotary knob.

Even when the furnace assembly itself has been replaced, the contractor always interlinks the system with the existing thermostat. However, what if the newest furnace on the block requires connectivity with a digital thermostat? That’s when you need to take the next step to digital.

Digital thermostats are available in a variety of options, and your preferred contractor will educate you on each of their specific advantages. The programmable thermostat is a noted choice among homeowners because they can be preset to different times of the day, while manual users can be comfortable with a simple display with no preset options

A digital thermostat is often touted as part of so-called “smart homes.” Some manufacturers offer thermostats that can be networked into electronic gadgets such as a smartphone or laptop computer. “Learning” thermostats provide flexibility by operating based on specific preferences and can guide you on energy-efficient settings. Going for a digital thermostat will give you the additional flexibility you need for the HVAC system. 

General HVAC Troubleshooting Tips

Your HVAC or heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is one of the busiest working systems in your home, and also one of the most important. This also means that it can act up quite often, or just break down altogether and stop functioning. Read more of this post

Common Problems of Oil Furnaces

Texan cities like Midland and Odessa are well known throughout the United States as having a rich oil supply. For this reason, locals in these cities, and even other cities like Houston, can definitely depend on oil furnaces for much needed warmth and comfort without having to worry about the oil supply this winter. However, locals may be assured of a steady supply to power their oil furnaces, but they can’t be assured of trouble-free operations.

For one, over time, filters in oil furnaces are prone to dirt and soot buildup, which will then block the flow of warm air. Fortunately, homeowners can quickly solve this problem by removing all traces of dirt and soot from the filters as much as they can. However, if the filters have been used for 90 days or more and the heating system emits a dusty odor, homeowners can benefit from changing them instead of simply cleaning them.

Noise from oil furnaces is another common problem experienced by homeowners. However, homeowners have to distinguish whether the sound that their furnaces produce is a cause for alarm or not. Oil furnaces rarely operate quietly, so a bit of noise is to be expected. However, knocking, clattering, and squealing sounds are indicative of trouble for which only a professional HVAC contractor can properly attend to.

HVAC Maintenance Tips—Why Hire an Expert

Winter is on its way, which means your home is under threat of freezing. Fortunately, your home heating is fully functioning to provide you a comfortable living environment throughout the cold season, or is it? After several months of infrequent use, your heating system might still be hibernating and you might have trouble running it when winter finally sets in. Have it cranked up by a professional technician to make sure it won’t act up when you need it most.

In choosing and HVAC contractor to do the repairs, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Included in the basic things to ask for are a license and insurance information. This is just to make sure the business you are contracting isn’t shady and have the necessary skills and quality workmanship. A license proves that the contractor has been complying with certain standards set by the state, while insurance protects you from any liability.

The United States government is currently in the business of combating climate change. One of their programs is the widespread use of energy-efficient equipment and materials, which include your HVAC. Make sure that the HVAC contractor uses energy-efficient equipment so that you can save on energy.

Hiring a reliable HVAC contractor will help you survive the winter and save money. While doing your own upkeep and repair will cost you less, entrusting the task to experts will guarantee better workmanship. Besides, good workmanship saves you the trouble of repairing newborn malfunction issues.